Taliban 'Narco Terrorist' Convicted in US Court

Afghan plotted to use drug profits to fight US
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 4:58 AM CDT
A U.S. soldier of the 101st Airborne Division smells an opium flower during a patrol with Afghan police in Tani district of Khost province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – A Taliban militant has become the first person convicted under a "narco-terrorism" provision of the Patriot Act, Reuters reports. The Afghan man was busted by DEA agents for plotting to ship heroin to the US and use the proceeds to buy weapons to use against American and coalition forces. He was brought to the US last year to stand trial, and now faces 20 years to life in prison.